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Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon perform in 1982 at Paris' Auteuil Hippodrome. Joel Robine/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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We Asked For Your Favorite Anthems. You Answered 'America'

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"Mother" Maybelle Carter (left) performs with her daughter Helen in 1977 at the A.P. Carter Memorial Festival in Virginia. Robert Alexander/Getty Images hide caption

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'Will The Circle Be Unbroken' Connects Musicians, Generation After Generation

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"I Am Woman" singer Helen Reddy performs in 1970. Ian Dickson/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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You're Gonna Hear Them Roar: 'I Am Woman' Is An Anthem Beyond Its Era

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The East L.A. band Las Cafeteras is known for a version of "La Bamba" that mixes traditional Mexican son jarocho with hip-hop. Jessica Pons for NPR hide caption

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Through Slavery, Segregation And More, 'La Bamba' Has Been The Sound Of Survival

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Sylvester performs with his band at the Los Angeles club Whisky a Go Go in 1972. Richard Creamer/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Bigger Than Disco, 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)' Is A Celebration Of Self

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Mark Hoppus (left) onstage in 2001 with Blink-182's then-guitarist and singer Tom DeLonge. Martin Philbey/Redferns hide caption

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The Legacy Of 'Adam's Song,' An Anthem To Darkness, Loss — And Recovery

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Jennifer Hudson performs during the the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. on March 24, 2018. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'The Times They Are A-Changin" Still Speaks To Our Changing Times

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The 2nd South Carolina String Band in July, onstage in the main tent of the annual reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg. Bilal Qureshi for NPR hide caption

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The Anthemic Allure Of 'Dixie,' An Enduring Confederate Monument

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Lee Greenwood performs in Illinois in 1984. Released that spring to a modest chart showing, "God Bless the U.S.A." found staying power as political campaigns began to adopt it. Paul Natkin/Getty Images hide caption

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'God Bless The U.S.A.,' A Country Anthem With Enduring Political Power

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At Florida's Tampa Stadium in 1991, Whitney Houston delivered an iconic performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" to kick off Super Bowl XXV. George Rose/Getty Images hide caption

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How Sports Met 'The Star-Spangled Banner'

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Kelly Clarkson performs during the KISS 108 FM Jingle Ball in Lowell, Mass. in 2004 — the year her second album, Breakaway, cemented her status as a pop superstar. Marc Andrew Deley/FilmMagic/Getty Images hide caption

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Dee Snider (center) with the rest of Twisted Sister in 1984. Mark Weiss/Getty Images hide caption

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Don't Get It Twisted: 'We're Not Gonna Take It' Can Be Anyone's Protest Song

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Madonna at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards, where her racy performance of "Like a Virgin" caused an uproar. New York Daily News Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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'Like A Virgin' Lives On, A Winking Anthem For Women Getting Married

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Beyoncé performed "Lift Every Voice and Sing" during her set at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April. Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella hide caption

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Till Victory Is Won: The Staying Power Of 'Lift Every Voice And Sing'

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'This Little Light Of Mine' Shines On, A Timeless Tool Of Resistance

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From left: Betty Kelly, Rosalind Ashford and Martha Reeves of Martha and the Vandellas perform circa mid-1964 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Why 'Dancing In The Street' Gets The People Going

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An enormous New York crowd celebrates VE Day at the end of WWII. Aaron Copland was inspired to write his "Fanfare for the Common Man" by a wartime speech rallying Americans against imperialism. A. E. French/Getty Images hide caption

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On 'Fanfare For The Common Man,' An Anthem For The American Century

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The White Stripes officially broke up in 2011, but the band's presence is still felt in sports stadiums around the world thanks to the song "Seven Nation Army." Jessica Bindernagel/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Why 'Seven Nation Army' Is The One Jock Jam To Rule Them All

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Officers of the 5th U.S. Cavalry near Washington, D.C., in 1865. Julia Ward Howe was inspired to write "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" after a visit with Union troops in the thick of the Civil War. Library of Congress hide caption

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One Song Glory

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Protestors at a rally in New York City. Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty Images hide caption

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American Anthems: The Songs That Unite Us

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